Drug Policies and Development: Conflict or Coexistence? - Panel 2: The Nexus between Childhood...

March 5, 2021

Discussions around the special Issue of International Development Policy Panel 2: The Nexus between Childhood, Gender, and Drug Policy The 12th volume of International Development Policy explores the relationship between international drug policy and development goals, both current and within a historical perspective. Contributions address the drugs and development nexus from a range of critical viewpoints, highlighting gaps and contradictions, as well as exploring strategies and opportunities for enhanced linkages between drug control and development programming. Criminalisation and coercive law enforcement-based responses in international and national level drug control are shown to undermine peace, security and development objectives. The fifteen expert articles which have been published on this subject all show that the implementation of drug policies has a detrimental impact on other global development objectives such as rural development, health, security or poverty, and therefore run counter to stated development goals. In partnerships with the International Development Policy journal (The Graduate Institute, Geneva), and the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP, Geneva), the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) organizes two online events featuring authors of the special issue and experts from the Policy Centre to present their findings and discuss current debates that shape drug policy. More specifically, the authors and experts will discuss the intersection of drug control, security and peacebuilding and the impact of drug control on women and gender issues. The discussions should bring clarity to these complex and multifaceted policy issues.

Ugo Panizza
Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID) and Director of the Institute’s Centre for Finance and Development
Ugo Panizza is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID) and Director of the Institute’s Centre for Finance and Development. Ugo Panizza has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute since 2008, a position he held in addition to being the Chief of the Debt and Finance Analysis Unit at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He is the Director of the Center for Finance and Development, Director of the International Centre for Monetary and Banking Studies (ICMB), Vice President and Fellow of CEPR, Fellow of the Fondazione Einaudi, and Editor of International Development Policy. Previously, he worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, alongside holding teaching and research posts at the American Univers ...
Damon Barrett
Associate Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Gothenburg; Co-Director, International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy
Richard Chelin
Researcher, ENACT Program, Institute for Security Studies


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